Applicants to Griffith University’s Bachelor of Midwifery program now have the option of preferencing placements at the Sunshine Coast Hospital on their application, giving them greater choice on where they complete the vital placement component of their degree.
Throughout the three-year program, students undertake extensive professional practice including 2-3 shifts per week, as well as following 20 women during pregnancy, labour and the first six weeks after birth, involving being on-call. Being able to choose a placement location closer to home makes undertaking midwifery studies that much easier for the student, while also providing outstanding continuity of care to the woman and her family.
Just a few weeks into her first year of midwifery studies, current student Hayley Clarke is already seeing the benefits of being able to conduct her placements on the Sunshine Coast.
“In addition to my studies, I have a part-time job, so it is of great benefit to me to be able to have my placements near where I work and live,” says Hayley.
“I had always dreamed of being a midwife, but having completed other degrees in the past, I knew that if I was to take up the Bachelor of Midwifery, I had to find a university where I could study and work part-time at the same time.
“I’d always put off applying because I didn’t find a degree where that was possible, but in the Griffith program we have an intensive block at the start of the semester and then study the theory online with 5 tutorial days through the trimester. That was a game changer for me – I applied as soon as I discovered Griffith’s program.
“Completing all of my placement in the one facility is great as well, as it really helps me consolidate my knowledge throughout the semester.”
Angela Serena, another first year midwifery student, based on the Sunshine Coast, understands this all too well. Having also returned to study as a mature-aged student, she says she was drawn to Griffith’s midwifery program for its structure and flexibility.
“I really feel that the courses are set out very well, with the structure helping students relate theory to practice,” she says.
“I also felt very supported by the staff and was excited to return to study again. The lecturers have made themselves so open and easily accessible, I truly believe that they all want to see all students succeed.
“But let’s not forget that Griffith is still the best university for Nursing and Midwifery in Australia – that was a big drawcard for me as well.”
If you are considering a career as a midwife, discover more about Griffith’s flexible Bachelor of Midwifery program on our website. Placements are available at Logan, Redlands, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast University Hospitals and aspiring students can identify their preference of where to complete their placement during their QTAC application.